GhostGoal Awards 2010

December 9, 2010


Odysseus on the island of the Phaiakians, Peter Paul Reubens
“From what I can tell, it’s awards season in the football blogging fraternity. The Soccerlens awards, the WSC Web Awards and the NOPAs, to name just three. I’m not going to lie to you – GhostGoal didn’t get a single nomination from any of them. Did they not hear about my piece in November’s When Saturday Comes that one reader in the letters page described as ‘not letting the facts get in the way of a good story’? Actually maybe they did and that’s the problem..” Ghost Goal

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UEFA Champions League 2010-11 Final Group Stage Standings

December 9, 2010

“Below are the final Group Stage standings for the 2010-11 Champions League. The top two teams advance to the knockout stage (round of 16), third place moves into the Europa League knockout stage (round of 32), and the fourth team is eliminated from the competition.” The 90th Minute


Racism in Russia: It’s Time to Move Past Peter Odemwingie

December 9, 2010

“Jonathan Wilson’s Guardian article on Brazilians playing for Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk is a fascinating read. Wilson primarily focuses on Douglas Costa’s journey from Brazil to Ukraine and the struggles that Brazilian players endure when they uproot from familiar surroundings and head to new frontiers. But perhaps just as interesting as the article are the exchanges in the comment section about racism in Ukraine and Russia.” Nutmeg Radio


Soccernomics Was Wrong: Transfer Expenditures

December 9, 2010

“Zach Slaton, author of A Beautiful Numbers Game blog and Arsenal fan, recently asked to take a look at the massive Transfer Price Index database, to apply some advanced statistical analysis to the findings. What follows is a fairly complex, but also compelling, look at the correlation between transfer spending and league position.” Tomkins Times


Tactics: How Spurs changed their shape for the Champions League

December 9, 2010


“‘A lot of club managers will take note of what happened in the World Cup and adjust their tactics accordingly,’ said Harry Redknapp in the September edition of FourFourTwo magazine. ‘I’ve gone on record as saying England were far too open in the tournament and I think 4-5-1 would have been the formation to get the best of our lads and also close the space in midfield. In the Premier League, you’ve already seen a lot of teams using 4-5-1, especially away. It’s a formation I’d consider playing on the road, for sure.’” Football Further


Shakhtar 2-0 Braga: Braga beaten by Rat attacks

December 9, 2010

“Shakhtar progress as group leaders after a deserved victory. Mircea Lucescu used his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, in a Shakhtar side unchanged from their previous Champions League game, a 0-3 win in Belgrade.” Zonal Marking


Milan 0 –2 Ajax: Quite a managerial debut for new manager Frank de Boer

December 9, 2010

“New Ajax manager Frank de Boer succeeded in installing hope in the heart of the Ajax fans in this match against, it must be said, an uninspired Milan side where no less than seven regular players were rested. Milan either preferred to sit back of were forced back by Ajax (presumably the first) as Ajax combined along the flank and create a significantly higher amount of goal attempts. In the second half Ajax succeeded in converting chances into goals to win a game that might be categorized as a dead rubber in terms of the Champions League competition. But, in terms of installing new found self-confidence and providing hope for their fans, Ajax did a very good job tonight.” 11 tegen 11